On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Alejandro Mayorkas (61) as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by a vote of 56-43 with strong opposition from the GOP. Mayorkas, Cuban-born, became the first Hispanic and immigrant to hold the position and the sixth Biden Administration appointee to be confirmed.

The Senate approved Mayorkas by a vote of 56-43 amid strong opposition from some Republicans who cited his favoritism of Democrats while in an investor visa program during the Obama Administration when/while he served as Deputy Secretary . Mayorkas was sworn-in as Secretary subsequently in a White House ceremony.

Later on Tuesday, with Secretary Mayorkas present, President Joe Biden signed three executive orders that the White House described as to strengthen the U.S. immigration system, the Muslim ban, and to better manage U.S. borders.